Cousins could get the 49ers over the hump
When the Vikings signed Kirk Cousins in 2018, the goal was to get them over the hump and into the Super Bowl following a miraculous run from Case Keenum. That never happened and it appears it never will in Minnesota.
San Francisco has been so close to reaching the promised land and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with Jimmy Garoppolo, but they just come up a tad bit short. Kirk Cousins is better than Jimmy G on paper and would seem to be an upgrade at quarterback.
In this scenario, the 49ers go and get the guy that can get them over the top and reunite Kyle Shanahan with the guy that so many people thought he wanted all along – Kirk Cousins. Cousins in San Francisco would keep them in the mix in the NFC while the Vikings build for the future and open cap space. If they need to do a swap that lands Garoppolo in Minnesota for a year, I don’t think that changes much for the Vikings.
Trey Lance would be the odd man out and a trade could still come if a team offers enough to pry him away. However, he could sit for one more year and take over the 49ers in 2023 while Kirk Cousins hits free agency.
Cousins has been linked to San Francisco for a few years now. If they think he is the missing piece, much like the Vikings did, then it would make sense for the 49ers to trade for him to get back on top.
San Francisco has a lot of options on the table heading into the new league year. The Vikings need to keep close tabs on the Bay as they search for a new direction at quarterback.